TUESDAY 27 NOVEMBER
Lots of rain again today and then, after it had moved through, an increasing and very cold Northerly wind set in
SHARDELOES LAKE (BUCKS)
What I believe was a record number of Coot present on the lake - no less than 202 birds
Not much else to speak of though - the resident pair of Mute Swans, 8 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Grebes and 2 Grey Heron.
GATEHOUSE WAY INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, AYLESBURY (BUCKS)
I was present from 1055 to 1134 when 27 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS repeatedly flew in and out of the tall tree. Now comprising at least 5 first-winters but berries disappearing fast - concentration is now on the third tree and more precarious to view; also several Fieldfares today and a lone Redwing, sadly the latter getting run over.
WATERMEAD LAKE, AYLESBURY (BUCKS)
All around Watermead was sodden and flooded - never seen it like that before - the Fitness Centre was completely surrounded by water. I did a count of the birds present, comprising 8 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Mute Swans, 218 Atlantic Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose and 74 Mallard. One of the adult Mute Swans was ringed - orange '277'.
Nearby, on flooded fields, 8 Common Magpies and 5 Meadow Pipits noted
On the WENDOVER BYPASS (BUCKS), a female Bullfinch flew across the road